Hublot, Swiss watch brand, representing the Art of Fusion in watches. Collections of luxury watches for men and ladies, reflecting Swiss watchmaking excellence. Hublot's strength resides in its very clear identity - the art of fusion - this unique ability to create timepieces which combine tradition and innovation.
From traditional gold alloys to Magic Gold, from stainless steel to light and durable carbon fiber, the number of materials and possible combinations Hublot offers are truly endless.
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Brand Review: Hublot Watches Review
Hublot is a famous brand in the world of luxury watches. From sponsorships with elite athletes to endorsements with the most prestigious events in the world, Hublot is THE force to reckon with in the industry.
Among the watch cognoscenti, Hublot is a rather young brand, but the success of its watches over the years has placed it right at the top with older brands.
Hublot Watches: How and When It Began
The path to the founding of Hublot was paved by a brazen Italian man, Carlo Crocco, in 1980. But the full vibe of this journey can’t be unlocked without a recap of Carlo’s past before bravely embarking on the Hublot journey. Like the allegory of the prodigal son, Carlo was part of the Binda Group dynasty, a Watch and Jewelry maker that was already famous for making Breil Watches. Well, until 1976, when he took the brave step to move to Switzerland and start his own watch company.
The Hublot Journey: Old Beginnings
Shortly after, he set up his company, MDM Geneve, and started brainstorming a watch design. With the limitless ambition of the prodigal son, he wanted his watch brand to be unlike the world had ever seen. Put in his own words, his aim was to “to create one brand around one image, one watch. And it was very strong because at the time, most of the other Swiss watch companies had more than 200 models, so they did not have a strong identity.”
But to some watch aficionados, this turned out to be the start of controversies for the brand after the release of their first watch. The first watch Carlo designed was named “Hublot” after the French word for “porthole.”
The Hublot Classic featured a groundbreaking design that sported the first natural rubber strap in watchmaking when it was unveiled at the Basel Fair in 1980.
It took Carlo three years of research and investigation to come up with the perfect rubber material for the strap. This discovery involved a startling partnership with tire producers. Although the porthole design wasn’t totally new, its dozen screws, yellow gold case, and, of course, unique rubber strap was an eye-catcher. Ergo, the watch and Carlo’s new company had a chance of survival.
And survive it did.
After the Basel Watch Fair, the watch proved to be a huge commercial success. In its first year, sales hit an excess of $2 million. The history of Hublot Watches turned out to be a happy ending story of the prodigal son.
Breakout Era For Hublot Watches
Carlo Crocco already set the ball in motion for the rise of Hublot watches. Carlo also began to spend more time with his designs and helping deprived children all over the world.
With this, he set out on a quest to find the man who would take the reins of his fast-growing watch empire.
On this quest, he met with Jean-Claude Biver in late 2003, a man dubbed as a “certified marketing genius” by the Watch Lounge. In May 2004, he was named the new CEO of Hublot Watches, becoming a minority shareholder and board member in the process.
This single change in management blew a strong wave of success across the brand. The first move Jean-Claude made was to create a new flagship collection for the brand. His masterpiece, The Hublot “Big Bang” Chronograph, was unveiled in Basel in April 2005.
The wave of success didn’t take long to hit the brand. Sales began a threefold rise in the first year of Biver’s appointment, hitting around 30 million Swiss francs ($30 million). After the release of the “Big Bang” collection, sales hit about 100 million Swiss francs (100 million).
The Hublot “Big Bang” really made a big bang entry into the watch world, swooping several design awards. It received the “2005 Design Prize” in the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix. Plus, it received two other awards in Japan and Bahrain for Watch of the Year and Best Oversized Watch, respectively.
Although the brand took an upturn growth from the start of Biver’s management, it was acquired by LVMH (Louis Vuitton SE) in April 2008 for an undisclosed fee. Under its new ownership, and to date, Hublot sponsors many sports teams and competitions to create massive brand awareness. Unsurprisingly, it was criticized by avid watch collectors but was still a commercial success anyways.
As you’d expect of a marketing “genius, Biver had a reasonable motive behind this. He said: “Wherever our customer goes, he must meet Hublot. It is our goal to make the customer feel that we belong to his world, to his lifestyle, to his emotions, and to his dreams.”
What Goes Into A Hublot Watch: The Making
#1 Hublot Brainstorming Designs
Like with every notable watch brand, a blueprint of the watch is first made on paper with detailed measurements.
The Hublot design team draws creativity from almost any activity, making such ideas a reality with the synergy that exists among experts in various departments. Only they can make a Hublot masterpiece ever be built for public release.
According to the Hublot Team,
“It all starts by putting an idea down on paper, followed by a virtual model, and finally, a prototype is built before a watch is ever manufactured.” The brainstorming phase requires a lot of patience, and of course, a lot of trials and errors. The innovation of the Hublot design team is why they seem to never run out of classy and ingenious limited edition watches. From watches made as a tribute to classic automobiles like the LaFerrari to renowned sporting events like the FIFA World Cup.
Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of the Board, explains: “Hublot's main strength is our ability to innovate. A flair for thinking outside the box.”
#2 Hublot Crafting The Case
The Hublot case is a true work art, constantly evolving, yet staying true to its radical roots of material fusion. Biver calls it “The Art of Fusion.”
“The Art of Fusion” is far more than just a slogan. It is an attitude and ideology that encompasses the very core of Hublot’s design ethos, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the case”
The porthole design of the first Hublot watch is prevalent in most, if not all Hublot watches to date. Not to mention it keeps its magic mix of precious stones and metals, like Gold, with industrial raw materials such as rubber or leather, but takes it to the next level. But a rather distinguishable constituent of a Hublot watch case is its visible H screws and a chiseled bezel.
In fact, the new CEO of the luxury watch brand, Ricardo Guadalupe, thinks: “The case represents an evolution of the brand and defines our design philosophy and history.”
#3 Hublot Design and Manufacture of Movements
In the early years of the company, Hublot watches were fitted with ETA and Frederique Piguet movements.
At the time, Carlo Crocco had this to say about the external movements in Hublot watches: “We do not produce mechanical watches ourselves because there are so many who are very good at it.”
Even though the watches are an aesthetic masterpiece, watch critics and collectors feel a timepiece is judged by what its powerhouse (movement).
Well, that’s in the past now. After acquiring the assets of BNB Concept, a movement maker, in 2010, the whole story changed. Hublot started crafting in-house movements.
And the brand like always, kicked off to a good start, creating a never-before-seen movement – UNICO, which came equipped with carbon fiber main plates. Hublot made that well known, saying this about their original in-house movement:
“Requiring over 2 years of research and development, the in-house Unico movement is in a league of its own.”
In general, it takes a team of 10 experts several years to come up with a design plan for a bespoke Hublot movement. More specifically, it took two (2) years to manufacture Hublot UnicoFlyback Chronograph Movement.
#4 Selecting the Right Materials – The Art of Fusion
The “Art of Fusion” philosophy is arguably what Hublot is best known for – fusing precious metals with industrial materials, sometimes revamping them to create a masterpiece.
The possible combination of materials for a new Hublot watch is pretty much unpredictable. Hublot, for one, is a brand that takes pride in its endless mix and match of materials.
“From traditional gold alloys to Magic Gold, from stainless steel to light and durable carbon fiber, the number of materials and possible combinations Hublot offers are truly endless.”
Hublot’s Magic Gold is a testament to the brand’s knack for innovation – a brainchild of the Hublot Metallurgy Department. It took three years to develop and house this indestructible 18-karat-gold material for Hublot.
Here is a clear depiction of all the materials:
Ceramic, King Gold, Palladium, Platinum, Stainless Steel, Titanium, Tantalum, Carbon Fibre, Aluminium, Osmium, Zirconium, Tungsten. Not to mention, Rubber, which plays a significant role in the identity of Hublot. Clearly, Hublot watches are built with the best possible materials.
Spotting A Fake Hublot Geneve Watch
We have included this section to save you from spending a ton of money on a replica Hublot watch. Not that it will be necessary if you shop at Exquisite Timepieces, recommended in this article.
So, here are simple ways to spot a fake Hublot Geneve watch
- Confirm that markings are not printed but engraved; take the “Hublot Geneve” engraving on the clasp, for instance.
- Watch dial should have “Swiss Made” written at the bottom
- Visible flaws in print markings, like 301, instead of 301.M
- Hublot never uses blue screws inside its watches
- An examination of the movement by an enthusiast if the outside seems okay
Hublot Watch Collection Reviews
Hublot Big Bang Watch Collection
If you can recollect, the Big Bang collection was the game-changer for Hublot when it was first released in 2005 by Jean-Claude Biver.
But the thing is, Big Bang is an umbrella for models and limited editions released over the years. From models with eccentric designs like the Sang bleu to simplistic limited editions like the Big Bang Chelsea FC watch.
It is safe to say that it has been Hublot’s signature watch collection for over a decade. And that’s why Hublot’s “Art of Fusion” is usually put on full display in the Big Bang Collection. An eccentric but appealing combination of materials like platinum, red or yellow gold, titanium, steel, rubber, ceramic, and many more.
As a matter of fact, the very first Big Bang Collection watch is the Big Bang Gold Ceramic. Its name alone portrays the bizarre fusion of materials, which was a huge success anyway.
It’s no debate
Even so, the Big Bang is very popular among enthusiasts but also celebrities around the world. Some A-list celebs hooked on the Big Bang are Usain Bolt, Diego Maradona, Pele, Lionel Ritchie, and even Alicia Keys. The list of stars is almost endless. That’s right. Big Bang Collection watches can be worn by men and women – A secret recipe to its success. But there are more feminine designs with loud and expressive colors like the Big Bang Tutti Frutti Collection
It’s no debate. The Big Bang “Art of Fusion” design philosophy is amazing. Its exploration of materials creates an unlimited choice for a client with any taste in design and also budget.
Hublot Big Bang Price
As it isn’t just a single collection, the range of watch prices in the Big Bang Collection is not specific.
For one, the Meca-10 “Nicky Jam” High Jewelry is one of the most expensive, costs over $350,000. In that same Nicky Jam collection, there’s a cheaper model, the Meca-10 “Nicky Jam” Ceramic, and it costs only $23,000.
The Big Bang Unico Titanium costs $11,480; Big Bang One Steel Diamonds is priced at $14,000, and the Steel White Diamonds cost $10,000, at the time of this article.
Hublot Classic Fusion Watch Collection
The Classic Fusion collection is has a classic and elegant look with its bold bezel and h-screws in plain sight on top of it. Without surprise, its classic look is an inspiration from the very first Hublot timepieces created by Carlo Crocco in the 1980s.
Unlike the Big Bang, there are only a few watch models in the Hublot Classic Fusion collection, with many having a not too complicated design.
The few exceptions are the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT collection, Aerofusion Collection, and the Chronograph Orlinsky, and Tourbillion Power Reserve 5 days Orlinsky. It’s mostly not because they have an eccentric design than their visible inner workings on the watch dial. One other thing that’s different compared to the Big Bang is the size variation of the watches. They aren’t only large 45mm watches but also 42mm, 38mm, and 32mm.
But the Classic Fusion and Big Bang line aren’t miles apart in every aspect. One common ground is certain with every Hublot watch, and that’s the “Art of Fusion.”
The Fusion collection embodies modern materials, like titanium, and the traditional ones, like gold and bronze. The result is a masterpiece that’s “both avant-garde and inherently classical.”
Hublot Classic Fusion Price
Unlike the Big Bang line, the Hublot Classic Fusion line has a collection of watches priced below the $18,000, The Tourbillion Orlinski starts at $86,000 for the Black Magic and much as $130,000 to cop the sapphire model.
The most affordable watch in the collection is the Classic Fusion Titanium, which costs $7,400 for any model – Titanium, Opalin, Blue Titanium, Racing Grey Titanium. As an entry-level watch, it uses Hublot automatic movement (HUB1112).
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Watch Collection
Spirit of Big Bang is one of Hublot’s newer collections, which strike a barrel shape. Undoubtedly, Art of Fusion comes to play, with a combination of exotic jewels like black diamond, sapphire and industrial ones like stainless steel, ceramic, and more. The collection maintains the variety of sizes seen in the Classic Fusion collection with a 39mm to 45mm range.
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Price
The Hublot Tourbillion Carbon Blue and Carbon Black cost $90,000 each while the Sapphire watches is closer to $100,000
> The rest of the watches in the collection are priced within the range of $22,000 to around $42,000.
Hublot Masterpiece MP Watch Collection
Last but not least, is a real masterpiece by Hublot, the MP collection. The collection was unveiled in January 2011 at the Geneva Trade Show with “The MP-01.” These timepieces are truly a masterpiece with such extraordinary complications and seemingly impossible movements all-built in-house. Also, a true reflection of the views of Hublot president Jean-Claude Biver “More watchmaking, more mastery, more innovation.” Since the first release, subsequent versions continue to prove to be a masterpiece. The MP-05 LaFerrari and MP-08 Antikytheraare a particular eye-pleaser and conversation starter for watch collectors.
A great feat by Hublot engineering team, the LaFerrari’s inner workings accurately outlines the engine of a Ferrari sports car. The Antikythera is a depiction of the mysterious mechanism found in Greek waters in 1901.
Unfortunately, these models are now only available on pre-owned deals and surely sell for a premium. A pre-owned LaFerrari, for example, sells for well above the suggested price. That said, there are equally only 5 Hublot MP models available on sale at the time of this writing.
Hublot MP Prices
As a collection of masterpiece timepieces, all the watches are given an equally matching price tag. The most affordable watch in the collection, MP-11 Power Reserve 14 Days 3D Carbon, costs $78,000.
The MP-09 Tourbillon Bi-Axis 3D Carbon is at the top of the collection for over $180,000. Buy Hublot Watches at Exquisite Timepieces
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